(I am no way affiliated with Republic Wireless nor are any links affiliate links. I am just a happy customer and I like to share my finds with others).
Well, we’re back in the States now (after living in Indonesia since 2008) and that means that it is time to get a phone. After enjoying some of the benefits of having a smartphone this past year (check out my article Late to The Smartphone Party), I had some decisions to make.
I wasn’t sure what we wanted to do. We don’t know how long we will be in the States and I really didn’t want to be stuck in a phone contract, nor did I want to pay the crazy high amounts that people were telling me they spent on their cell phone plans. I also had the added issue that where we are living gets dodgy service at best from most carriers.
What to do?
I was talking with a friend and she mentioned Republic Wireless. And I am so glad she did.
Here are the basics:
Republic Wireless realizes that most people spend the majority of their time at home or at work, where they have constant Wi-Fi. So, they created a system that when you have access toW Wi-Fi, your calls, text, and data all come through your internet. When you are out of Wi-Fi range, your calls, text, and data switch to cellular service.
And what that means for the customer is SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS.
You have four different plans to choose from, and they are all CONTRACT FREE. Also, you can change your plan up to two times a month. So, if your needs change, your plan can too.
There is no contract, but you do have to purchase your phone up front. Currently, they have two phones to choose from:
I went with the Moto X and I have to say that I love it. Here are a few things I am smitten with in my first few weeks:
1. The forward facing camera boasts10mp (rear facing is 2mp)
2. With a quick double shake of the wrist, the camera opens, even from a sleeping phone.
3. Touchless controls. I can talk to the phone (using the code words, “OK Google Now” and ask my phone to do all sorts of things…silence, read my texts, set alarms, send an email, start navigation, and more.
4. Auto back-up of all my photos (they automatically are added to my Google Drive so that I have access to them from anywhere.
As for the service itself, I have had no complaints. Both the Wi-Fi and cell connections have been great and there have been no gaps in service as I switch from one to another (like when I am pulling out of the driveway and the Wi-Fi drops and the cell picks up). The navigation works great (which is wonderful since I am new to our area and don’t always know where I am going!) Calls have been clear. Texts go through.
And what’s not to love about spending $25 a month for unlimited calls, text, and data?
And now, to the real reason I need a smartphone…the camera. Other than getting used to the weird orientation (they’re super long), I am really pleased with my photos. I have a number of settings I can control in-camera (including touch focusing). Remember, I have the Moto X, so quality will differ if you choose the Moto G.